NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – August 10, 2017
Updates on Zdeno Chara, Dany Heatley, Roman Polak and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
BOSTON GLOBE: profiles Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. The 40-year-old defenseman remains in great shape and hopes to continue playing with the Bruins after his contract expires at the end of 2017-18. His defense partner for the upcoming season has yet to be determined, but could be either Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Chara’s no longer the dominant blueline presence he used to be, he’s still a very effective NHL defenseman. A good performance this season could see him get a one-year, bonus-laden deal from the Bruins next summer.
YAHOO SPORTS: Former NHL forward Dany Heatley was awarded over $6 million in a lawsuit with his former agent over a real estate investment he considered fraudulent.
Hearing Zadorov and Avs have a 2 year deal worth about 2mil per season.
— Aivis Kalniņš (@A_Kalnins) August 8, 2017
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kalnins is a reliable source. As of 8 AM AST, however, there’s no confirmation from the Avalanche. Hopefully there will be clarification later today.
THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks yesterday re-signed defenseman Brendan Gaunce to a two-year, one-way contract worth $750K per season.
TSN: Free agent defenseman Roman Polak is recovering well from season-ending leg surgery suffered in the 2017 playoffs and expects to be ready for the start of 2017-18.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A rugged shutdown defenseman, the 31-year-old Polak could be a good, affordable addition for clubs in need of experienced blueline depth.
NBC SPORTS: The Dallas Stars and the NHL have publicly opposed the proposed controversial “bathroom bill” currently before the Texas legislature. If passed, the bill “would restrict transgender people to using restrooms that correspond with the gender on their birth certificate.”
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: A draft agreement to purchase the Carolina Hurricanes by a Texas ownership group led by lawyer Chuck Greenberg is undergoing review by lawyers from both sides.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Former NHL player and coach Craig Ramsay was named head coach of Slovakia’s national team.